That ends our LIVE UEFA Champions League coverage for tonight. We do hope you have enjoyed all the updates served to you by Apex Football, see you again tomorrow for another dose of elite European continental action. Good night!
As for our other feature encounter at the La Ceramica Stadium, hosts Villarreal managed to hold Juventus to an impressive 1-1 draw, thanks to an equalizer from Dani Parejo after Dusan Vlahovic had given the visitors a shock first minute lead. The tie however, is finely balanced ahead of the second leg at the Allianz Stadium with both sides still capable of reaching the quarter-finals.
Defending European champions take a commanding 2-0 lead heading into the return leg of their UCL Round-of-16 clash with Lille. Goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic helped Thomas Tuchel’s side with the win as they will be looking to seal off the tie in France in three weeks time.
FULL-TIME AT THE CERAMICA STADIUM: Villarreal 1-1 Juventus
FULL-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 2-0 Lille
66′ MIN: The Yellow Submarine are level deservedly through Dani Parejo.
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Villarreal 1-1 Juventus (D. Parejo)
63′ MIN: American attacker Christian Pulisic doubles the lead for the Blues, who are now in control of the tie.
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Chelsea 2-0 Lille (C. Pulisic)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE CERAMICA STADIUM: Villarreal 0-1 Juventus
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-0 Lille
HALF-TIME AT THE CERAMICA STADIUM: Villarreal 0-1 Juventus
HALF-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-0 Lille
8′ MIN: Hakim Ziyech sends a cross from a corner and expertly finds Kai Havertz who jumps highest and coolly plants a bullet header into the top left corner.
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Chelsea 1-0 Lille (K. Havertz)
1′ MIN: What a start by the Old Lady! Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic fires the ball in to give Juventus the lead within the opening minute.
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Villarreal 0-1 Juventus (D. Vlahovic)
KICK-OFF AT THE CERAMICA STADIUM: Villarreal 0-0 Juventus
KICK-OFF AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Lille
Juve gaffer Maximilliano Allegri has named Frenchman Adrien Rabiot in midfield ahead of January acquisition Denis Zakaria, Danilo is at the heart of defence while new-buy Dusan Vlahovic partners Alvaro Morata upfront.
Over at the Ceramica Stadium, Villarreal coach Unai Emery has named hat-trick hero from last weekend Arnaut Danjuma alongside January signing from Tottenham Hotspurs Giovanni Lo Celso in attack, while Nigerian wonderkid Samuel Chukwueze is in the Starting XI.
As for the visitors, the sensational Jonathan David will lead the frontline but Timothy Weah has been relegated to the substitutes bench.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has dropped record-signing Romelu Lukaku to the bench, following his not-too-impressive outing against fellow London side Crystal Palace in the league last weekend but the trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Matteo Kovacic all return to the starting XI.
The Round-of-16 phase commenced last week with some interesting results, as Liverpool saw off Inter Milan 2-0 at the San Siro Stadium, while PSG needed a late Kylian Mbappe effort to edge Real Madrid 1-0 amongst others. Tonight, the remaining eight teams who are yet to taste action, will have their moment as they bid to reach the quarter-finals.
Hi there! It is another night of UEFA Champions League knockout action and we here at Apex Football are set to bring you LIVE updates from Stamford Bridge involving reigning European kings Chelsea vs French Ligue 1 defending champions Lille and from the Ceramica Stadium where current Europa League champions Villarreal welcomes Italian Serie A giants Juventus.